A Capitan woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal accident Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln that claimed the life of a 78-year-old Texas woman.
New Mexico State Police responded to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in Lincoln along U.S. Route 380 at about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday.
State police said officers on scene learned that Margaret Cano-Sammis, 46, of Capitan, drove off the highway and onto the shoulder striking a pedestrian. Police said Cano-Sammis subsequently stopped when her vehicle made contact with a parked vehicle.
Police said the pedestrian, Beverly Bradburry Cline, 78, of Kilgore, Texas, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.
State police said officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests of Cano-Sammis. Police said she admitted to using medicinal marijuana and methadone earlier in the day.
“Given the totality of the circumstances, Mrs. Cano-Sammis was placed under arrest for vehicular homicide and booked into the Lincoln County detention center,” state police said in a news release.
Police said the incident remains under investigation.